Waking Life

Waking Life (2001)

Dreams. What are they? An escape from reality or reality itself?

  • Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
  • Release Date: 2001-10-19
  • User Rating: 7.5/10 from 800 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 39min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Line Research
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Richard Linklater
star 7.5/10
From 800 Ratings


Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our relationships with others, and the meaning of life.

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  • Ethan Hawke

    as Jesse
  • Julie Delpy

    as Celine
  • Wiley Wiggins

    as Main Character
  • Bill Wise

    as Boat Car Guy
  • Alex Jones

    as Man in Car with P.A.
  • Steven Soderbergh

    as Interviewed on Television
  • Ken Webster

    as Bartender
  • Charles Gunning

    as Angry Man in Jail
  • Lorelei Linklater

    as Young Girl Playing Paper Game
  • Trevor Jack Brooks

    as Young Boy Playing Paper Game
  • Glover Gill

    as Accordion Player
  • Lara Hicks

    as Violin Player
  • Ames Asbell

    as Viola Player
  • Leigh Mahoney

    as Viola Player
  • Sara Nelson

    as Cello Player
  • Jeanine Attaway

    as Piano Player
  • Erik Grostick

    as Bass Player
  • Robert C. Solomon

    as Philosophy Professor
  • Kim Krizan

    as Self
  • Eamonn Healy

    as Shape-Shifting Man
  • J.C. Shakespeare

    as Burning Man
  • David Sosa

    as Self
  • Otto Hofmann

    as Self
  • Aklilu Gebrewold

    as Self
  • Carol Dawson

    as Coffee Shop Chatter
  • Lisa Moore

    as Coffee Shop Chatter
  • Steve Fitch

    as Chimpanzee
  • Louis Mackey

    as Self
  • Alex Nixon

    as Man Writing a Novel at the Bar
  • Violet Nichols

    as Woman Talking to the Novel Writer
  • Steven Prince

    as Man Talking to the Bartender
  • Mary McBay

    as Woman on TV
  • Kregg A. Foote

    as Man on TV
  • Jason T. Hodge

    as Man with the Long Hair
  • Guy Forsyth

    as Self
  • John Christensen

    as Guy Talking about Turning the Light on in Dreams
  • Caveh Zahedi

    as Self
  • David Jewell

    as Man Talking to Caveh
  • Adam Goldberg

    as One of Four Men
  • Nicky Katt

    as One of Four Men
  • Jason Liebrecht

    as One of Four Men
  • Brent Green

    as One of Four Men
  • RC Whittaker

    as Man on the Lamppost
  • Hymie Samuelson

    as Mr. Debord
  • David Martinez

    as Man on the Train
  • Ryan Power

    as Self / Young Disappearing Guy
  • Tiana Hux

    as Soap Opera Woman
  • Timothy "Speed" Levitch

    as Self
  • Steve Brudniak

    as Goatee Man
  • Marta Banda

    as Friendly Girl
  • Charles Murdock

    as Old Man
  • Mona Lee Fultz

    as Quiet Woman at Restaurant
  • Edith Mannix

    as Older Artist in the Park
  • Bess Cox

    as Old Woman Sitting for a Portrait
  • Louis Black

    as Kierkegaard Disciple
  • Richard Linklater

    as Pinball Playing Man / Man on Back of Boat
  • Kierstin Cunnington

    as Goth Girl (uncredited)
Writing Richard Linklater Screenplay
Directing Richard Linklater Director
Camera Richard Linklater Director of Photography
Editing Sandra Adair Editor
Production Anne Walker-McBay Producer
Production John Sloss Executive Producer
Crew John Sloss Legal Services
Production Jonathan Sehring Executive Producer
Production Caroline Kaplan Executive Producer
Production Palmer West Producer
Production Jonah Smith Producer
Camera Tommy Pallotta Director of Photography
Production Tommy Pallotta Producer
Crew Patrick Lindenmaier Post Production Supervisor
Visual Effects Wiley Wiggins Animation
Sound Glover Gill Original Music Composer
Sound Glover Gill Musician
Art Bob Sabiston Art Direction
Visual Effects Bob Sabiston Animation
Sound Wayne Bell Sound Editor
Sound Wayne Bell Sound Mixer
Sound Tom Hammond Sound Designer
Sound Tom Hammond Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Tom Hammond Sound Supervisor
Visual Effects Kate Dollenmayer Animation
Production Kelly Williams Production Assistant
Sound Ethan Andrus Sound Mixer
Crew Sara Johnson Post Production Assistant
Production Julia Halperin Casting Assistant
Production Lizzie Curry Martinez Casting
Sound Larry Blake Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Gregg Barbanell Foley Artist
Crew Jeff Schwan Stunts
Visual Effects Patrick Thornton Animation
Sound Matt Coby Sound Re-Recording Assistant
Crew Bobby Sargent Stunts
Sound Bryan Pennington Dolby Consultant
Visual Effects Eric Power Animation
Production Erin Ferguson Production Coordinator
Sound Jay Gallagher Sound Re-Recording Assistant
Visual Effects Jennifer Deutrom Animation
Visual Effects Mike Layne Animation
Visual Effects Shannon Pearson Animation
Visual Effects Constance Wood Animation
Visual Effects John Paul Animation
Editing Nancy Higgins Editorial Production Assistant
Production Lindsay Doleshal Casting Assistant
Camera Arthur Blum Grip
Visual Effects Jean Caffeine Animation
Sound Jason Piatt Foley Recordist
Visual Effects Mary Varn Animation
Camera Matt Fliehler Grip
Sound Lara Hicks Musician
Sound Ames Asbell Musician
Sound Leigh Mahoney Musician
Sound Sara Nelson Musician
Sound Jeanine Attaway Musician
Sound Erik Grostick Musician
Sound Guy Forsyth Musician
Visual Effects Travis Lindquist Animation
Crew Paul Brennan Legal Services
Visual Effects Katy O'Connor Animation
Visual Effects Divya Srinivasan Animation
Visual Effects Jason Archer Animation
Editing Andrea Van Metter Editorial Production Assistant
Production Peter Atherton Location Manager
Sound Mike Brennan Boom Operator
Sound Cathy Crane Sound Assistant
Visual Effects Paul Beck Animation
Visual Effects John Bruch Animation
Visual Effects Zoe Charlton Animation
Visual Effects Randy Cole Animation
Visual Effects Rahab El Ewaly Animation
Visual Effects Pat Falconer Animation
Visual Effects Dan Gillotte Animation
Visual Effects Nathan Jensen Animation
Visual Effects Matthew Langland Animation
Visual Effects Chris Minley Animation
Visual Effects Holly Sabiston Animation
Visual Effects Susan Sabiston Animation
Visual Effects Katie Salen Animation
Visual Effects Penny Van Horn Animation
Visual Effects Rosie Weaver Animation
Production Charlotte Wood Casting Assistant
Editing Courtney Fitzgerald Editorial Production Assistant
Editing Aliza Gold Editorial Production Assistant
Production Laine Bateman Production Assistant
Production Dave Bennett Production Accountant
Crew Matthew Cook Intern
Crew Jennifer Gaylord Legal Services
Crew Scot Markland Craft Service
Production Morgan Miles Production Accountant